Bristol Airport announces new routes to Hurghada and Frankfurt

easyJet, the UK-based regional airline, launched its first flight on a new route this week from Bristol to Hurghada in Egypt.

The new easyJet flights to the Egyptian resort operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter. Hurghada is an exciting winter sun get-away destination popular for diving, beach hopping and busy nightlife on the ‘Red Sea Riviera’. Tickets are available to book now, and the new service is expected to carry over 13,500 customers this winter.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: ‘We are delighted to be launching our first flight from Bristol to Hurghada today. As the largest airline at Bristol we’re focused on strengthening our network and providing our customers in the South West with great value services by offering low fares, a convenient schedule and more choice when they travel.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘We are delighted to welcome the inaugural easyJet flight between Bristol to Hurghada. The destination opens up further choice and flexibility of flights available to passengers in the region selecting to fly from their local airport. This additional route demonstrates the long-term collaboration and joint growth strategy between easyJet and Bristol Airport.’

Bristol Airport also announced last week that Lufthansa will introduce a new direct flight from Bristol to Frankfurt Airport. Commencing operations on March 30, 2020, the new service will operate twice daily six days per week and once daily on Saturdays. The service will run year round, using an Embraer 190 offering multiple onward travel connections from FRA throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Tickets are available to book now at, with return economy fares starting from £105.

Ryanair commences new Glasgow-Frankfurt service

Ryanair, the Irish low-fares airline, has announced the launch of its new daily Glasgow service to Frankfurt, the first of its winter 2017 routes.

Ryanair’s Glasgow winter schedule includes 18 routes in total, with three new routes to Frankfurt, Krakow and Madrid. As part of the launch of its new Frankfurt route, Ryanair has released seats from Glasgow at prices starting from £14.99, for travel in September, October and November. The seats are only available for booking on the website until midnight Thursday, September 7.

Ryanair’s Lauren Hennessy said: ‘Winter is on the way and we’re pleased to launch our new Glasgow-Frankfurt service, with a daily service, the first of our winter 2017 routes. Glasgow customers and visitors can choose from 18 Glasgow routes in total this winter, including 3 new routes to Frankfurt, Krakow and Madrid.’

‘To celebrate, we are releasing seats on sale from just £14.99 for travel in September, October and November, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday (7 Sep). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto now and avoid missing out.’

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, added: ‘The introduction of our first direct service to Frankfurt is great news for our passengers. Since setting up base at Glasgow Airport in October 2014, Ryanair has carried an astonishing three million passengers to date by continually responding to demand through the introduction of a number of new routes.’

‘So far this year, the airline has launched flights to Lisbon, Palanga, Valencia and Zadar and will introduce two further routes to Madrid and Krakow next month – taking the number of services operated by Ryanair to 23,’ White said, adding: ‘This daily service further strengthens Glasgow Airport’s European connectivity and adds yet another fantastic German city to our growing destination map, which currently includes routes to Dusseldorf, Berlin and Munich.’

bmi regional advances summer schedule

bmi regional, one of Britain’s regional airlines, has said that following increased customer demand for its UK and European services, it has advanced two core routes ahead of its summer schedule launch with the addition of 7,000 seats.

With the latest increase, Bristol to Frankfurt and East Midlands to Brussels will now fly three times daily starting February 2, 2015 rather than at the end of March, the airline said. The increase adds 7,000 seats across the two routes for early 2015 with one way fares from East Midlands to Brussels from GBP65 and from Bristol to Frankfurt from GBP79.

In October, bmi regional  announced plans to increase capacity across its network by 16%, adding 60,000 extra seats for summer 2015. The investment on key routes was scheduled to provide an additional 10,000 seats per month from March 29, 2015. Cities including Aberdeen, Bristol, Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich were to benefit from the enhanced connectivity of triple daily flights and additional weekend services.

bmi regional CEO Cathal O’Connell, said: ‘Additional flights on these two routes were planned for summer 2015 but due to customer demand we’ve brought forward the start dates to 2 February. Travellers can now get to two of Europe’s most important financial and commercial cities even more easily and continue to enjoy the benefits we offer our customers as standard, including free checked baggage and a complimentary bar and snack service on board.’

O’Connell added: ‘Strengthening key routes is a cornerstone of our European expansion strategy that has seen us achieve connectivity between 20 destinations across seven countries since our launch as an independent carrier in 2012.’

bmi regional launched its first-ever website exclusively for the travel trade recently, as the airline is expecting to enter a new phase of growth. The website is designed to serve the needs of trade professionals throughout UK and Europe.

Air China Offers New Frankfurt to Chengdu Direct Service

Air China, the China-based, state-owned airline company, is offering a new non-stop service from Chengdu, in China, to Frankfurt airport, in Germany.

The new service commences from May 19, 2013, and is intended to help to position Chengdu as an air transportation hub for southwestern China.

Around 62 of the airline’s domestic, international and regional routes currently serve Chengdu. The new Chengdu to Frankfurt service is intended to make it easier for passengers from Europe to travel to the southwest region of China.

The three times weekly service will be operated with an Airbus A330-200 on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The aircraft features personal Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) in all classes of service, and lie-flat seats in Business Class.

The airline already offers direct services from Frankfurt to Beijing and Shanghai, and it is part of the extensive Star Alliance network, through which it can offer its passengers access to 1,356 destinations in 193 countries and regions.

In May 2012, the airline launched its new service from London Gatwick Airport to Beijing International Airport, which operates four times a week and is intended to expand its services to the city of London. Air China is also offering a fast track immigration service at London Heathrow Airport for its VIP passengers flying from Beijing to the UK.

Air China is currently the 10th largest airline, by fleet size, in the world, with a fleet of 330-200 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, which operate on 289 routes, and serve a total of 143 cities.

Bmi Regional Announces New Routes from Bristol

Bmi Regional, a UK based airline, is launching new routes from Bristol, UK, to Hamburg and Frankfurt in Germany.

The airline is offering five-times-weekly flights to Hamburg from February 11, 2013, and a six times per week service to Frankfurt in late March, 2013.

Cathal O’Connell, the airline’s chief executive, said, ‘The launch of new services to Germany is a continuation of bmi regional’s promise to serve key economic and transport hubs to multiple destinations across Europe.

Our choice of destinations is based on customer demand and with Hamburg being a significant operational base for major employers such as Airbus and Imperial Tobacco and Frankfurt a world hub offering connectivity throughout the globe, we are supplying services our business users have asked for. Both cities are exciting destinations for leisure customers and with launch fares starting from as low as £49.99 each way, we also expect to see a boost in both inbound tourists to the South West region.

We are also reviewing other opportunities with the team at Bristol Airport and hope to announce additional routes in the New Year.’

Robert Sinclair, the chief executive officer at Bristol Airport, said, ‘Today’s announcement is a major statement of Bristol Airport’s commitment to providing the connectivity which is vital in enabling the economies of the South West and South Wales to compete on a global stage.

It forms part of an overall strategy to enhance services and facilities for the region’s business passengers, including commencement of a £600,000 project to create a new, improved executive lounge in the terminal.

When we ran a recent survey of ‘most wanted’ routes, German destinations featured strongly in responses from the business community. As well as being an important financial centre, Frankfurt is a major global hub offering access to a huge range of onward connections. Hamburg is a key location for several major companies in the South West, such as Airbus and Imperial Tobacco.

Both new services will be warmly welcomed by the many businesses across the South West and South Wales with customers, suppliers or aspirations to trade in Germany and beyond.’

Frankfurt airport builds smokers’ stop

Frankfurt airport has built a special facility for travellers wishing to smoke.

The airport will soon open its first fully ventilated smoking lounge, to cater to the needs of about 12 million smokers who pass through the airport each year. Japan Tobacco International (JTI) and Dubai International Airport have developed the facility, with the construction following a similar initiative by JTI in Dubai Airport.

JTI has also launched similar lounges in Munich, Zurich, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur and Geneva airports.

While launching the services, David Francis, general manager, Worldwide Duty Free vice president at JTI, said, ‘The Smoking Lounge concept was created in 2003 as we were looking for a solution to accommodate smokers and non-smokers in the airports – a top priority for JTI. Since then, this innovative concept has been implemented in 21 airports around the world that have a combined traffic of more than 300 million passengers per year.’

The initial smoking lounges developed by JTI were just basic smoking areas. However, JTI soon improved the services for their demanding customer base and started providing upgraded cabins in 2007. Working with Frankfurt airport, JTI has launched its latest, fully enclosed and ventilated smoking lounges.

The first, new Camel-branded smoking lounge measures 65sq.m and is located in Terminal B-East. Its launch will be followed soon by nine more smoking facilities with a total area of just under 1000sqm.

Francis said, ‘Frankfurt airport serves over 55 million passengers a year of whom we can expect at least 12 million to be adult smokers. For both travellers and the airport this will be a world-class customer service facility significantly enhancing the traveller experience at the airport. The new fully ventilated lounges that we are now opening are the results of a close working relationship between us and the airport who recognised from the start that dedicated adult smoking facilities are a solution that satisfies all airport users.’